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AFC Cup Dates for ATK Mohun Bagan and Play-Off Date for Bengaluru FC Revealed

Arjun Singh Devgan
Bengaluru FC are currently in the AFC Cup play-off tie
Bengaluru FC are currently in the AFC Cup play-off tie / MANJUNATH KIRAN/Getty Images

The Asian Football Cup (AFC) dates for the Indian Super League (ISL) sides, ATK Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC were announced recently, with the two Indian sides set to face-off against some of the best teams in Asia.

The Mariners, under Antonio Lopez Habas, will feature in Group D (South Zone), while the Blues, under new head coach Marco Pezzaiuoli, line up against Maldivian side Club Eagles for a place in the same group.

Bengaluru FC will play their play-off tie on August 15. The Group D-South Zone action, meanwhile, will take place on three matchdays (August 18, 21 and 24).  The play-off as well as the group matches will be played in Maldives. 

“India's Bengaluru FC, the 2016 AFC Cup runners-up, will take on Maldives’ Club Eagles on August 15 in the playoff match, with the winners joining India’s ATK Mohun Bagan FC, Maziya Sports & Recreation from Maldives, and 2020-21 Bangladesh Federation Cup winners Bashundhara Kings in Group D," a statement on AFC's official website read.

“The AFC Cup (South) Group D matches will be held across three match days on August 18, 21 and 24, with the eventual group leaders advancing to the single-leg Inter Zone Semi-final."

The above AFC games were originally scheduled to take place in May of 2021 at Male, Maldives but had to be postponed due to the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic.